Even before I became a special needs mom, I enjoyed checking out the Toys “R” Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. It’s a fantastic resource for finding educational and skill building toys.
Toys “R” Us recently announced the release of the 2012 Guide for Differently-Abled Kids catalog featuring TV host Nancy O’Dell on the cover, alongside Saskia Vogt, a precious 8-year-old girl with Down syndrome.
Each year, I’m always interested in the connection of the celebrity to the special needs community. Nancy’s connection just warms my heart. It’s wonderful to see celebrities share their personal stories.
Here’s Nancy’s story –
“Growing up, my best buddy was my Aunt Ellen, who was born with Down syndrome. Because of my memories of her, to this day, she remains my inspiration for promoting inclusion for individuals of all abilities.”
This year’s guide is 64 pages filled with over 100 toys selected in partnership with National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible to children of all abilities.
The guide also has helpful articles for parents, teachers and caregivers – “Top Ten Tips for Buying Toys” prepared by the National Lekotek Center, as well as “Safe Play Tips for Children with Special Needs”.
Each toy featured has at least two skill-building tools – each designated with a color coded icon. Some of the categories include – Tactile, Visual, Language, Fine Motor, Gross Motor Skills and more. As a special needs mom, it is so wonderful to see toys broken down with these categories.
I’m excited to pick up a copy of this year’s guide and talking with Molly’s physical and occupational therapists on which toys would be best for her. With Christmas right around the corner (yikes!), I’d love to get her some toys that are fun, but also beneficial for her.
The guide is available in Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores across the country and also online at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled
Be sure and check out Toys “R” Us on Facebook for the latest news, promotions and sales. Maybe even drop them a line to thank them for featuring children with special needs!
**I received no compensation for this post. I think this is a fantastic initiative and I wanted to share it with you. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own and not influenced by others. **